Now, he began to
look upon the wolf as a guardian of his flock.
came to be
(Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland)
What caused the Giants Causeway?
Scientists say that millions of years ago, there were huge
volcanic eruptions and after they were over, thousands of
strange-looking columns appeared on the coast of Co. Antrim. Is
that really what happened? The Seanchai*, or Irish story-teller,
has a far different tale to tell.
It's said that the Causeway was built by a gentle giant, Fionn
MacCumhain, or Finn McCool. Even legend, though, has its
contrasting accounts. In one tale, Finn was said to be in love
with a lady giant who lived on the Scottish island of Staffa,
and that he built the Causeway in order to safely bring her home
to Ireland. In fact, there's a similar though smaller collection
of the strange columns on Staffa's coastline, and
geographically, Ireland and Scotland were once much closer than
they are today.
The other legend says that Finn built the Causeway due to an
ongoing argument with a Scottish giant named Benandonner who
could not swim. In an argument one day, while they were shouting
at each other over the Sea of Moyle, Finn took a clump of earth
and flung it at his enemy. The land fell in the sea and became
the Isle of Man, while the huge hole left in Ireland became
Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles.
As the arguments continued, Finn decided to build the Causeway
in order to make it easy for Benandonner to come and fight him.
After so much hard work, Finn was exhausted and he fell asleep.
Here again, there are different versions of the same story.
Oonagh was Finn¡¯s wife. When she heard the sound of thunderous
footsteps, she knew it was Brenandonner come to fight Finn.
Oonagh took one look at the gigantic visitor on her doorstep and
realised this was a battle Finn could never win. She threw a
blanket over her sleeping husband and stuck a bonnet on his
head. There was no possible way Finn could defeat Benandonner
for he was too small.
"Where's Finn?" roared Benandonner. "Shusha, shusha", whispered
OOnagh - "You'll wake the wee one!" Benandonner looked at the
snoring Finn. His jaw dropped 10 feet. If the child was that
hefty, what size would the father be? Benandonner wasn't
sticking around to find out. He ran like the wind, destroying
part of the Causeway in his wake so Finn could not pursue him.
The other story says that Benandonner had arranged to fight Finn
but when he got to Finn's house , Finn's wife said he had been
delayed. To pass the time, the Scottish giant decided to play
with the baby (who was actually Finn in disguise). Finn promptly
bit off Bennandonner's magic middle finger. Finn knew that this
would cause caused the Scottish giant to lose his strength.
Brenandonner roared in pain and when he saw that his magic
middle ginger was gone he ran back to Scotland, howling, never
to be seen in Antrim again.
is pronounced shawnakey
1. How did the Giants
Causeway come to be?
2. Who won the battle at